New Delhi: The ever-increasing cases of new coronavirus Omicron variants in the country have raised the government's ears. PM Narendra Modi has once again come forward and taken the lead and is scheduled to hold a big meeting today. PM Modi is said to be brainstorming on a number of issues including the threats of Omicron at the meeting. Even people without travel history are getting infected with Omicron. The Central Government has also directed the states to the crackdown.
All eyes will now be on PM Modi's meeting and decisions to be taken. So far, 257 cases of Omicron variants have been reported in the country. The speed with which Omicron cases are increasing is going to add to the difficulty. The rapid pace at which Omicron cases are growing in the world is causing concern. Experts are of different opinions on the rate of infection from omicron, but the World Health Organization (WHO) has termed it as a rapidly transmitting variant. Amidst the increasing cases of Omicron, the demand for vaccination of children is now gaining momentum. PM Modi's meeting is likely to discuss the matter as well. However, the National Technical Advisory Group on Immunization (NTAGI) has categorically ruled out any possibility of vaccinating children.
But in many countries of the world, children are being vaccinated. In August, The Vexin ZyCoV-D of Zayedus Cadila has got the green signal for emergency use on 12 to 17-year-olds. However, the Drug Controller General of India (DCGI) is yet to approve the vaccine Covaxin of Bharat Biotech. The Subject Expert Committee has already recommended for sanction of use to children between 2 and 17 years of age on Covaxin. The vaccine cannot be included in the covid vaccination programme without the permission of DCGI.